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Boshan-Type Bronze Incense Burner


  • Boshan-Type Bronze Incense Burner
Western Han Dynasty, 200 B.C.- 0 A.D. H18cm
The cover of this bronze Boshan incense burner is modeled on the shape of Boshan, a legendary "fairy mountain" in ancient China that was said to be the abode of wizards. The production of such incense burners reflected the esoteric concept of immortal supernatural being that was prevalent in China in those days. Many examples of Boshan type incense burners in green-glazed ceramic are in existence.

Celadon Incense Burner


  • Celadon Incense Burner
Eastern Han Dynasty, 1st- A.D. H10cm
Made of material with a high iron content, this incense burner has a green-glazed cover with six triangular holes for incense smoke, which is topped by a bird-shaped knob. The body of the incense burner has a thin natural glaze, with the lower inner section consisting of a hand-formed spiral.

Bluish-White Porcelain Incense Burner


  • Bluish-White Porcelain Incense Burner
Southern Sung Dynasty, 1127-1278 W16cm
Incense burner made of bluish-white porcelain. This three-legged incense burner is glazed with a color midway between white porcelain and celadon porcelain, while the incensed design motif on the material surface, where the glaze is thicker, and has a deeper blue color. This type of work is commonly referred to as Ying-Qing (or shadowy blue in Chinese).

Gong Xian Kiln


  • Gong Xian Kiln
Tang Dynasty, 7th-10th Century W7.5cm
A three-legged jar with Tohsansai glaze and green dapple. Gong Xian was a pottery center located east of Lo Yang, where Tohsansai (Tang three colors) ware were produced. Although this jar has a monochromic green glaze, it is still classified as a Tohsansai piece. The green flaze dapple vividly stands out on the white background. This jar was used for storing hair oil and cooking oil, and also as a small incense burner.

Celadon Incense Burner


  • Celadon Incense Burner
Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th Century W13.5cm
Celadon incense burner with hakama-shaped pedestal. This incense burner with a mouth surrounded by a flat brim, a short neck, an extended waist and three leg is called a hakama-goshi (literally, "hakama waist " ) in Japan because the curved surface from the neck to the trunk has the appearance of a person weraing a hakama, the traditional Japanese divided skirt mainly worn by men.

White Porcelain Incense Burner


  • White Porcelain Incense Burner
Ming Dynasty, 17th Century W14.7cm
White porcelain incense burner with K'uei dragon pattern. This type is called "Haku-Kohrai" (or "White Korean Ware" in Japan) and "Marco Polo Ware" in Europe. It is popular with collectors. Featuring a smooth, silk-like glaze and a K'uei dragon pattern decorating it's trunk in the form of hairline engraving.

Carved Red Lacquer Landscape and Figures


  • Carved Red Lacquer Landscape and Figures
Mid-Ming Dynasty, 15th-16th Century H5.8cm
Incense burner with carved red lacquer landscape and figures. This piece from the mid-Ming Dynasty consists of celadon produced at the Long Quan kiln, overlaid by red lacquer carvings.